It’s great to hear that the Pakistan football team has arrived in Saudi Arabia for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The team, led by head coach Stephen Constantine and accompanied by specialist coaches and backroom staff, comprises 18 members, with a total group size of 31.
The upcoming match against Saudi Arabia is a significant event for both countries as it marks the beginning of their journey in the 2nd round of the qualifiers. The match is scheduled to take place at Al-Fateh Stadium on 16th November 2023, starting at 9:30 PM Pakistan Standard Time.
The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) shared a glimpse of the 18-man senior squad at Damman’s Airport through a social media post. Notably, the squad currently consists mostly of players based in Pakistan, with diaspora players expected to join later.
Somalia has expressed interest in playing a friendly match with Pakistan during the practice days leading up to the Saudi Arabia encounter. However, it appears unlikely that the friendly will take place.
This qualification marks a historic moment for Pakistan, being the first time in its 76-year history that the national football team has progressed to the 2nd round of a FIFA World Cup qualifier. The anticipation and excitement among supporters are palpable as the team prepares for this significant match.